Book documents national journey

Anadventurous couple that travelled through the Upper Hunter and spent time around Scone while trekking the Australian BicentennialNational Trail returned last week to launch a special book.
Nanjing Night Net

Adventurous couple Craig Landy and Shirley Marr launched their book ‘The Flight of the Black Cockatoo’ at Gundy recently. The book documents their journey on the Australian Bicentennial National Trail during which they spent a winter in the local area.

Craig Landy and his partner Shirley Marr visited the area back in August 2011 when the couple were on a five year 5500 kilometre adventure from Cooktown in Queensland to Healesville in Victoria on the National Trail.

Being friends of locals Don and Sue Finlay, the couple with their horses stopped over for the winter period when they met many a local and shared in some of the local culture, including events such as the Scone and Upper Hunter Horse Festival, King of the Ranges, dog trials and more.

From Scone the couple and their team of Clydsdale horses set off for the final 1000 kilometres of the adventure.

Each year throughout the five year trek the couple travelled for six months and worked in townships for the other six months.

They travelled through drought, floods, dust storms and fires.

Once finishing the trail in March 2012 at Healesville the couple moved home to Innott Hot Springs, Central Queensland where they work as contract musterers.

Since then they have written a book which documents their five year adventure – ‘The Flight of the Black Cockatoo’, which they launched at Gundy last weekend.

The self-published and funded novel was originally launched in Melbourne, followed by several smaller launches at numerous vantage points where Craig and Shirley spent time during their journey.

Mr Landy said they always had the intention of writing the book so Shirley kept a daily diary account during the trip.

He said all the local areas that they hung around got a good mention in the book, which includes Scone and Gundy.

“It’s great to have the book on the shelves as it has been like the longest pregnancy ever,” he said.

The book’s 16 chapters (370 pages) is sure to be an interesting account of camping under the stars, overcoming the challenges of Mother Nature and meeting new faces across the country.

To obtain a copy of ‘The Flight of the Black Cockatoo’ visit Hunt-A-Book in Scone or email [email protected]南京夜网

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